by Emily Beckman | |

Dr. Roy Kay has taught English for more than 25 years, including at DeLaSalle since 2001. A third generation Minneapolitan, Dr. Kay earned his B.A. in Religious Studies from Hamline University, went on to complete his M.A. in Judaic Studies at Boston University before obtaining his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. He has written numerous essays and a book on American literature called The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters, published by the University Press of Florida in 2011. His doctoral thesis was entitled “Rewriting the Self in Emergent Literatures.”Dr. Kay believes what students read and how they read is important. “My goal is to both expose them to works that further their understanding of literature and to help them become critical readers.” Dr. Kay is married and has two children. When he is not teaching, he spends time with his family, cooking and baking, playing and listening to jazz and blues music, practicing tae kwon do, and researching and writing about genealogy, religion, the history of ideas, and literature.